Did any of you see the brilliant excerpt of Shakeseare’s Hamlet which was shown to celebrate his 400th Birthday Anniversary? Where many actors, including Paapa Essiedu, Tim Minchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Harriet Walter, David Tennant, Rory Kinnear, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, and finally, even HRH the Prince of Wales, said the one famous line “to be or not to be, that is the question” with a different emphasis on different words in the one sentence?
But supposing we added another variation to the Bard’s famous work……..
Homework – to do, or not to do, that is the question”.
When it comes to homework, do you follow the belief “the more they get, the more they learn”?
What about the price that ‘homework inflation’ has taken on family life?
Are there any of us that haven’t either nagged, shouted or bribed (or all of them!) in order to get our children to finish their assignments?
It has long been recognised by educationalists, including Maria Montessori, that playtime is beneficial for learning in a number of ways, such as information processing, language learning and other aspects of brain development – so why are such activities now being asked to take second place to demanding amounts of homework, even with children of primary school age?
Perhaps one way of looking at things is that homework is not about improving skills as much as it is about preparation for the future.
Here are opposing opinions from 2 Mothers:
1) ‘Luckily my daughters didn’t get much homework at primary school, but now that my eldest is at high school and receives untold amounts of homework, she finds she wasn’t prepared for it by her primary.’
2) ‘All our children on leaving primary school were able to get on with their own homework without me bossing them around (too much). The school has been excellent in teaching them good habits and it has served them very well in secondary.’
Which do you think is the right approach? To do, or not to do?